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Art Basel in Miami Beach

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Art Basel officially starts on the 5th of this month. But, there’s still a heck of a lot of people in Miami South Beach as of today and tomorrow; by the 5th, well over 200,000 in this 7.1 square mile barrier island. And most will be in South Beach (SoBe to the residents). So, figure around 16,000 ± 5,000 people per square mile of SoBe.

If you’re going to hoof-it around the beach area, garages closest to Washington Ave. are usually the cheapest. Remember this, Alton Rd. is still under construction and traffic will be a B*tch. Bring your device if you’re meeting someone; they’ll probably want to know what’s taking you so long. Communication is rather ‘key’ at an event like this.

And probably every single person will have a cell phone, smartphone or tablet. Holy digital data dumps, Batman!

Not to worry, AT&T is rolling in a COW or Cell on Wheels, to boost network coverage and capacity at the big event.

In addition to the existing cell sites serving the area, AT&T has set up a mobile cell site in the Midtown area of Miami Beach to accommodate expected increased wireless network demands from high concentrations of smartphone users. The COW will help improve reliability and data speeds during the four-day event.

So bring your phones and tablets, sunscreen and hats. You really shouldn’t have a problem with calls or uploading data to your favorite social media or websites.

You are now free to enjoy the art and the lines. (That would be the various works of art, the lines you’ll wait in and the uninterrupted line on your device – Hah!) The weather is perfect and you couldn’t ask for more accommodation. Have fun, guys and gals.


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